Huawei has launched the Kirin 980. Photo: Supplied
DURBAN - Richard Yu, Huawei's Consumer Business Group chief executive has revealed the Kirin 980, the system on a chip that will result in the next evolution of mobile artificial intelligence (AI).

The chief executive made the announcement about the Kirin 980 while delivering his keynote. 

The Kirin 980 is the world's first commercial SoC manufactured with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company's 7nm process. 

According to Huawei, the Kirin 980 combines "best-in-class performance, efficiency, connectivity features, and Dual NPU AI processing power".

 Yu said, "We’ve designed an all-around powerhouse that not only features outstanding AI capabilities but also brings cutting-edge raw performance to consumers."

He added that it is equipped with an all new CPU, GPU and Dual NPU and it is the ultimate engine to power the next generationproductivity and entertainment applications. 

The Kirin 980's TSMC process technology allows it to pack 6,9 billion transistors within a 1cm2 die size and in comparison to the 10nm process, the 7nm process offers 20 percent improved SoC performance and 40 percent improved SoC power efficiency.

It is also the first SoC to embed Cortex-A76 based cores which packs more power than the previous generation. The Kirin 980 also runs at a higher clock speed which allows for quicker app launch times and it can handle intense and immediate workloads. 

In terms of graphics, Huawei has merged the Mali-G76 into the Kirin 980 to deliver exceptional gaming experiences. 

The Dual NPU Kirin 980 heightens the On-Device experience with better processing power and intelligence. The synergy between the Dual NPU results in an image recognition capacity that is better than the sum of two. 

Huawei has combined their proprietary fourth-generation ISP into the SoC which provides better support for the multi-camera configurations as well as an increase in data throughput and HDR colour reproduction technology. 


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